Thursday, May 16, 2013

Going sockless in style

Spring has finally arrived in Michigan, which means sockless season is almost upon us.

Going sockless may not appropriate for most workplaces — the exception being writers, photographers and others in the creative fields, who can more easily get away with sartorial transgressions.

If you're not the creative sort, you can still go sockless in city. Just exercise some discretion when choosing what to wear. That means no canvas sneakers, boat shoes or flip-flop sandals, unless you want to look as if you stepped off the dock.

Let's say you are having a drinks and dinner date with a special lady or are heading downtown to read the weekend newspaper over a cup of espresso at the coffeehouse.

Instead of meeting your date with what you worked in all day, switch out the socks and chinos for slim-fit denim jeans and a ribbon or surcingle belt. It should go without saying, but make sure to apply a fresh splash of cologne.

The same look (pictured below) also works for the coffeehouse, where many of the customers on a Saturday morning might be in sneakers, running shorts and a t-shirt. And who knows, if the date didn't work out too well your style may catch the eye of another woman — if you're lucky, this lady.


  • Shoes: ASOS sudede tassel loafers.
  • Shirt: J. Hilburn shirt with J. Hilburn silk knot cufflinks.
  • Watch: Timex.
  • Jeans: Levi's 511 denim jeans.
  • Belt: Generic ribbon belt.
  • Blazer: Frank & Oak terry cloth blazer.
  • Pocket square: Generic 100% cotton.

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